Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival
Ambera Wellmann, Mystax, 2017. Digital print, dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artist.
Ambera Wellmann, Mystax
Eleni Bagaki, Hanging Tongues, 2016. Printed images and aluminum stand, 31.5 x 23.5 x 9”. Courtesy of the artist
Eleni Bagaki, Hanging Tongues
Maya Ben David and Tobias Williams, Slime Girls Fan, 2017. GIF animation. Courtesy of the artist
Maya Ben David and Tobias Williams, Slime Girls Fan
2018 Featured Exhibition

Group Exhibition
seeping upwards, rupturing the surface

May 3–June 17, 2018
Art Gallery of Mississauga
300 City Centre Dr, Mississauga
Artists Eleni Bagaki
Maya Ben David and Tobias Williams
Maisie Cousins
Dayna Danger
Erika DeFreitas
Danièle Dennis
Lotte Meret Effinger
Doreen Garner
Talia Shipman
Molly Soda
Ambera Wellmann
Zhu Tian

A particularly interesting concept to emerge from the fourth-wave feminism of the digital era is that of “sad girl theory.” Coined by writer Audrey Wollen, it proposes that the visible display of sadness and other emotions by girls and women is an act of resistance, as they break down (or break through) traditional ideas of performing the female body and female autonomy. The work of the artists in seeping upwards, rupturing the surface suggests that the physical manifestations of female emotion—the tears of sadness, the frothing spittle of anger, and the slippery secretions of arousal—all represent a way of taking up space, of turning what has been used against women into an asset. These concepts find affinity with the digital image and the screen. The screen itself is inherently bodily; in the form of personal devices, it even asks to be touched. Through these portals we connect with other bodies, and with the world. The provocative, sometimes lurid works in this exhibition—large-scale prints, photo-based installation, performance video, and gifs—rupture the surface of the image and ooze out through the screen, finding and seeping through the leakiness of boundaries, demanding attention.

Curated by Kendra Ainsworth

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Photography Festival

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